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Tunsa wrote at 2006-08-15 16:04:21

I don't know where you got the information about that Cleveland/Washington game, but here is the line score of that game from Retrosheet for May 23, 1901:

WAS A    0  5  0    1  3  0    2  0  2  -  13

CLE A    0  6  0    0  4  0    0  1  3  -  14

As you can see, there was no 9 run comeback in that game.  The largest comeback I could see was the Pirates 7 run comeback with 2 outs in the 9th to beat the Astros on July 28, 2001.  I'd be interested to know if anybody has found another game where a team scored more runs in the 9th inning with 2 outs to win.

Thanks for the site!


Ben Johnson wrote at 2007-06-02 15:23:49
I think the game in reference could be the largest comeback in MLB History which took place on August 5th, 2001. Down by 12 runs in the 6th inning to the Mariners, the Indians eventually came back to win 15-14 in the 11th inning.

Dave M wrote at 2007-09-12 17:37:19
I also think (I can't find a definitive record)the largest deficit ever overcome in the 9th inning is nine runs. Oddly, it first occurred in the Detroit Tigers very first AL game (at home) on April 25, 1901. They came back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers by that same 14-13 score that the Cleveland Blues won by in their ninth inning 10 run rally on May 23, 1901. I bet fans didn't leave games early all year! If these are the only 2 times a team overcame a 9 run lead, I think it's really amazing they occurred within a month of each other and in the first game the Tigers ever played!

David Dambroff wrote at 2012-10-06 04:24:31
I live in NY and have always lived there.  Being very much into roller coasters, I took my 12 year old son as a graduation present (from Middle School) to Cleveland in May of 1999 (not 1989), spending the afternoon we arrived at the Hall of Fame museum there, then travelling on to Sandusky (to spend the next few days at Cedar Point)in time to catch the baseball game (at least the end of it) and witnessed the most amazing comeback victory with 2 outs; a comeback that defies the imagination.  Cleveland WAS the team that did this, but I made no mental note of the exact date or the opponent they were facing. So, no Dave, you were not imagining but, assuming Geoff's answer to be correct, it was still the greatest comeback by a major league club in the last 110 years!  It thus was the most remarkable comeback of this sort, in most cases, that could be enjoyed by Cleveland grandparents, parents and their children as well!  

QL wrote at 2013-11-29 03:45:05
I think I know the game you were talking about. I'm searching for it myself now, and I believe it was the St. Louis Cardinals, winning it at home with a huge comeback all with 2 outs in the 9th. The scores were in double digits and it was something like 9 or 10 or more runs scored in the 9th with 2 out. Only the few hundred fans left in the stadium got to witness the incredible comeback!

maitaimojo wrote at 2015-07-25 03:31:07
Dick Schofield's Grand Slam in Ninth Wins It, 13-12.

Angels Trail 12-5 after Eight, rally for 8 Runs in the 9th to Beat Tigers

August 30, 1986.

Douglas wrote at 2015-09-12 03:43:32
I went to a Bat Day game in 1977 (I think) between the Angels and Yanks at Yankee Stadium (I still have the bat). Tanana vs. Catfish Hunter. Angels led 8-0 with 2 out, nobody on in the bottom of the 9th.  Yanks scored 8 runs to tie the game 8-8.  But then they lost it in the 11th 11-8.  I've looked it up. I think it's the 2nd biggest comeback ever in the 9th with 2 outs, nobody on base.

mycort24 wrote at 2016-06-05 04:39:18
The Red Sox scored 8 runs the bottom of the 9th and beat the Yankees in Fever Pitch. The city of Boston was going nuts and the Red Sox #1 fan missed it all.

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